Sacramento German Genealogy Society
Geogen is short for "geographical genealogy" - location based ancestor research.
Entering a family name creates a map showing the distribution of surnames in Germany. Try it!

What's New?
Video of the January 23, 2024 presentation, "The Evolution of the Empire: German Historical Geography" has been posted in the Video Library under Members Only.
Volume 41 No. 2 (Nov. 2023) of Der Blumenbaum has been posted in the members-only section.
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The Foundation of East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS) is offering SGGS members a discounted rate to attend their four-day conference that begins August 1st, either online or in-person at Salt Lake City. The conference features 29 classes from speakers from around the world. In addition, there will be 19 on-demand classes available at the start of the conference. After the conference, recordings will be online for attendees to view until the end of the year. Discount is $50 off the $200 admission fee. Members can email SGGS ( to obtain your SGGS discount code. For more information, go to:
Can you trace your ancestors back to Germans who immigrated to Pennsylvania? Is there a Palatine in your past? Check out our Pennsylvania German Special Interest Group, and join our Facebook group!
Time Zones – Online events can task place anytime so the Live Webinars FAQ page has an easy-to-use time zone converter pre-configured by SGGS to show times for the most commonly referenced time zones.
Pommern Research Video – Recording of the 2nd Online Pommern Connection Session of the Pommerscher Greif, the Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna and the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) in the English language from December 19th, 2020.
  Looking for new links and files? – Go to the links and files options under Resources. New entries are marked "NEW" and include many links to Prussian resarch in Germany, a Germans from Lithuania name index and free German music. Also added a link to a FamilySearch page containing videos for those doing Austro-Hungarian research.

SGGS' Online Store

The SGGS Online Store which sells Der Blumenbaum back issues and a few mechandise items is temporarily closed. It will reopen soon with an all new look and easier to use customer interface. If you have any questions about ordering merchandise, please contact SGGS <>.
SGGS also looking for people to help with sales during meetings and to ship items ordered online. If you would like volunteer, please contact SGGS at any of its meetings or the foregoing email address.


Upcoming Events
Feb 27
Research in Württemberg
Barbara Stanculescu will talk about the history of the German state of Württemberg. A native of Stuttgart, she is well-versed in the research of this area.  She will share her experience and knowledge and will introduce websites that will help with your Württemberg research.   Barbara Stanculescu was born in Stuttgart (Württemberg), Germany and has been living in the US for 15 years. Because many of her ancestors are from Württemberg, this is one of her main research focuses.  Barbara regularly teaches about German research at San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) meetings and generously offers translation help with German language documents.  ...
Mar 26
Genealogy in Hesse-Darmstadt, Archives of the HfVe.V.
Thomas will present the HfV e.V. (Hessische familiengeschichtliche Vereinigung e. V.), their member’s database, and genealogy in Hesse-Darmstadt in general. The HfV e.V. was founded 103 years ago in Darmstadt and is the place to start when looking for ancestors in Hesse-Darmstadt.   Thomas Krämer was born 1974 in Odenwald, Germany.  He is a member board of directors at the HfV e.V. ( and speaker of the local Odenwald Branch. Thomas joined the HfV in 2010, after starting with genealogy. The most interesting question was: Who are my ancestors? He didn’t know anything about most parts of the family. ...
Apr 23
Biology for Genealogists: Analyzing DNA Data
Sabine Akabayov, PhD, will explain in simple terms how DNA is duplicated and how chromosomes cross over to create the different combinations as well as what could go wrong. Analyzing the data is so much easier when you understand what's behind it.    Sabine Akabayov was born in Germany and moved to Israel to earn a PhD in Structural Biology/Chemistry.  Afterwards, she was a researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston for 7 years before returning to Israel.  She has now turned her passions, translation and genealogy, into a profession, supported by education from NYU-SCPS, BU, ProGen, SLIG, and others. ...